Outer Hebrides arts centres partner up for the future

An Lanntair in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis has just entered into a new contract with Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist.

This exciting development will see An Lanntair and its arts and administration teams providing leadership and support to the arts and heritage programme at Taigh Chearsabhagh over the next year, starting from March 2016.

This innovative partnership has been made possible through funding secured by Taigh Chearsabhagh from Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar for one year to test this new collaborative way of working.

The An Lanntair team working with Taigh Chearsabhagh will involve the visual arts, education and marketing teams and will be led by their CEO, Elly Fletcher.

Elly said: “I am delighted to have this chance to be involved so directly in the future growth and development of Taigh Chearsabhagh.

“The building is such an incredible space, the staff and board are so driven and dedicated, and the arts and heritage programme is just fabulous; the team and I here at An Lanntair can’t wait to get going with this exciting new collaboration.”

Both Taigh Chearsabhagh and An Lanntair have extraordinarily diverse programmes, attracting local and international artists, supporting the growth of new talent, and celebrating the unique Gaelic culture and heritage of the Outer Hebrides.

It is hoped that by working together so closely, the two organisations can start to collaborate longer term across their activities; from exhibitions, to learning programmes, to marketing and communications.

Susan Fogden, Chair of Taigh Chearsabhagh said: “Taigh Chearsabhagh Trust is thrilled to be part of this collaboration with An Lanntair and is very grateful to HIE and CnES for their support in this exciting venture.

“After getting to know the strong and experienced team from An Lanntair we’re confident that the partnership is going to take us from strength to strength and that we are going to enjoy, as well as benefit from, a lasting relationship.”